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UPDATE: One of three finalists drops out

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

One of the three finalists for superintendent of Campbellsville Independent Schools has dropped out.

Robert "Bobby" Lewis, who is an associate superintendent at Hardin County Schools, has withdrawn from the superintendent search process.

This leaves the Campbellsville School Board with two finalists - Mike Deaton, who is principal at Campbellsville High, and Leon Smith, principal at Washington County High.

The Board is expected to announce its decision tomorrow at 5 at a special meeting.

On Tuesday morning, Lewis said he sent a letter to the Board on Friday thanking them for the opportunity to apply and interview for the position, but stating that he had decided to withdraw his name from consideration.

"No one scared me away," he said. "It was more a personal reflection on my part on the way home [from the interview on Thursday]."

In his letter, Lewis wrote that he believes in being honest and having open dialogue and that he had reflected on his interview with the Board.

"You need a superintendent who will move to your district, inside Campbellsville City school lines. One could say they can build community pride all they want, but the action of not moving nor having their children attend that school district would far outweigh any actions taken by the superintendent by attending civic functions, ball games, etc. That is not fair to you, your constituents, or your district personnel.

"If a person tried to maintain as much visibility as possible to try and overcome that stigma, it would create family issues and I realize that my commitment to my family must come first and that would be at the expense of your school district."

The Board had a special meeting Sunday at 7:30 and didn't adjourn from its closed session until after midnight. There will be another special meeting at 5 p.m. tomorrow with action to be taken.

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u Editor Rebecca Cassell can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 227 or by e-mail at editor@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.